I fear hypocrisy more than I fear disbelief. Determining, subjectively or objectively, whether one is on the path of Imaan or Kufr is relatively easy, with the most daunting obstacle in this path possibly being arrogance or pride. And both arrogance and pride quickly subsides in the face of overwhelming odds. So at such a point, it would be quite easy to determine whether I’m a believer or not.
Hypocrisy is so much more difficult to identify, both within ourselves and in others. Blatant hypocrisy is easy. Seeing someone visibly making statements about their beliefs and then deliberately or equally blatantly acting in contradiction to those beliefs is a litmus test of hypocrisy that anyone can apply, regardless of education, intelligence or upbringing.
But hypocrisy can be easily disguised through the conscious application of our intelligence, especially if we’re naturally self aware. I can easily observe my own actions relative to my statements in front of others, and through conscious thought, ensure that they are always aligned. But if my motivation to do so is to appear to be sincere and consistent to others to save myself from criticism or ridicule, then this is when I believe I’ll be standing on the edge of hypocrisy and potentially not even realising it because at that point, if practiced for long enough, I would possibly succumb to internal debates that justify my actions to myself because my actions are beyond reproach by others. But…this internal debate is what I fear most as the potential seat for hypocrisy.
The day that science creates something out of nothing is the day that I will seriously reconsider my position about atheism. As long as man is manipulating what is already in existence, and as long as we always find more questions with every mystery that we solve, I’ll always marvel at the intelligence, form, function and ‘interconnectedness’ of this universe. We’re tiny and almost entirely insignificant specks of life that exist in this massive space, and we have barely scratched the surface of the true wonders of just the human body, yet we’re arrogant enough to believe that our theories about what might have occurred billions of years ago substantiated by assumed interpretations of our current state is authority enough to declare that we’re here because of a fluke of ‘stuff’ interacting and evolving over billions of years to eventually result in intelligent life that has reason and logic, and choice and emotions, and wisdom and beauty and so much more…
The entire subject is the biggest brain fuck you could ever get. We assumed that the speed of light was unbreakable for decades…and then, quite by accident, we break it, but yet we continue in our arrogance to assume that we understand well enough to make absolute statements about what is and what isn’t true about life, death, this universe, and everything that exists within it, and in the process proclaim that there could not possibly be intelligence behind it all…it’s simply astounding the lengths we would go to just to obtain a level of peace so that we don’t have to accept our impotence and insignificance when faced with the grand design.
Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah , they would have found within it much contradiction. – Sura 4:82
Behold! Contradictions in the Qur’an
I actually clicked through to see what these contradictions are that you so smugly proclaim to have on the content of the Qur’an and after browsing through just the first few the following is obvious:
- It’s tainted with conjecture throughout
- It’s out of context
- It’s based on translated texts and bears no reference to the original Arabic text, including the context within which the verses were revealed
- It ignores the chronological sequence of revelation and the deliberate abrogation of previous verses through the revelation of later verses which were, and continue to be a necessary means of guidance on the progression of the aspects covered by such verses relative to that stage of ‘development’ of the Muslim community given that the revelation of the Qur’an spanned 23 years!
- It’s opportunistic and pretentious and blatantly ill informed
Trusting this site to be an authority on the integrity of the Qur’an is like trusting a troubled teen’s blog to be an authoritative source to provide guidance on how to live a fulfilled life simply because they have quotes of renowned philosophers on their blog.
Oh, the irony indeed!
Trials and calamities are a test , and are a sign of Allah’s love for a person. They are like medicine; even if it is bitter, you offer it despite its bitterness to the one you love – and for Allah is the highest description.
“The greatest Reward comes with the greatest trial.
Saheeh Hadith, Al -Tirmidhi (via samahcookiekhan)